Essential Materials for Suzuki flute students
Flutes: Your Child's Instrument
Each student will need a suitable instrument in good working order. Flutes vary greatly in quality, durability and price.
***Please speak to me before purchasing or hiring a flute.***
Young students will need a curved head joint flute (see photo above), this enables young players (four to 10 years of age depending on height and arm length) to comfortably and safely reach the keys with correct posture. This is very important for the prevention of serious injury.
Here Dr. Karen Lonsdale explains the benefits of a correctly sized flute for beginners.
For beginners, I recommend the following models: Eastman 210, Yamaha YFL-212, Jupiter JFL700E, Trevor James TJ10x, Pearl PF505. Each one of these flutes have excellent tone quality and are made for beginners. All of these instruments have the option of a curved and/or straight head joint. They are all reliable and durable flutes with great intonation. These flutes are competitively priced and available here in Sydney.
Each beginner student will need the following:
For continuing students:
Each student will need their own relevant Suzuki Book and CD volumes (these are now available for purchase electronically on iTunes), as well as a book of technical studies.
As students progress, we work through all the Suzuki Flute School Books (up to Book 11 and then Post Book). These books take the flute player through progressive flute repertoire, which includes major works such as the two Mozart Concertos and the Ibert Concerto.
Recommended Parent Reading
Each student will need a music stand for practice at home. Having a dedicated time and space for daily music practice is essential for your child's progress.